MPP703 - Leadership Research Project

Unit details


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Trimester 3: Burwood (Melbourne), Online
Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Unit Chair:Trimester 1: Jeff Shao
Trimester 2: Michael Callaghan
Trimester 3: Paul Turner
Cohort rule:This unit is only available to students enrolled in M797
Previously:Research Project 2

Students commencing before T1 2024: must successfully complete all 10 credential units (CRCOM-A1, CRTWK-A1, CRLDP-A1, CREMO-A1, CRADC-A1, CRDSR-A1, CRDIL-A1, CRCRI-A1, CRPSV-A1, CRGCZ-A1) plus MPL701.

Students commencing from T1 2024: CRADC-A1, CRDSR-A1, MBA700 and MPL701.

Incompatible with: MPP704
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - on-campus unit enrolment:

This research project unit requires no formal class attendance; however, it will involve a minimum of 22 hours supervised contact.

Educator-facilitated (scheduled) learning activities - online unit enrolment:

Learning experiences are via the Unit site.


This unit is designed to enable students to undertake independent research, under the guidance of a supervisor knowledgeable in the research area.  The supervisor must be a member of academic staff at Deakin University.  The leadership project will require students to identify and define a problem, review relevant literature, design a study method, present findings, interpret results and present conclusions and recommendations.

ULO These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit. At the completion of this unit, successful students can: Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Contextualise leadership theories to address workplace leadership challenges in a culturally diverse environment. 

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO8: Global citizenship


Gather and critically analyse both primary and secondary research data to optimise insight into identified workplace leadership challenges.

GLO3:Digital literacy
GLO4:Critical thinking


Develop and contextualise solutions to complex workplace leadership challenges. 

GLO5: Problem solving


Effectively use advanced written communication skills in the synthesis and reporting of complex leadership challenges and their solutions.

GLO2: Communication


Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1: (Individual) Report (Research) 15,000 words 100% Weeks 5, 9 & 13

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library at the link here: MPP703 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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